Better Business Bureau’s across Canada have been working diligently to bring you the most prevalent scams that targeted Canadians in 2016.
The list is an amalgamation of information gathered from BBB’s Scam Tracker website, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre and concerns brought forward by our sponsors and community partners.
We’ll find out more next Wednesday March 1st.
Indigenous Garden at OC
Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus will soon be home to a unique greenspace containing more than 50 local Okanagan plants that are of cultural significance to Syilx people.
The na – kool – a- min garden will pay tribute to the close relationship between Indigenous people and the natural world.
na-kool-a-min broadly translates to “the things that we do.”
It was chosen to reflect the holistic relationship that Indigenous people have with plants, encompassing maintenance of the land, values, beliefs, practices and protocol in relation to the natural world.
The 6 thousand square foot garden is slated to open in July.
Yard Waste Pick Up Back On!
Gardening may be far from your mind with all the snow still covering the ground but yard waste collection is back on!
The first pickup of the season is also a great opportunity for anyone who may have stockpiled leaves and garden pruning’s’ from last fall to get them into the yard waste bin and out to the curb for disposal.
Starting next Wednesday, March 1st all residents on municipal curbside garbage collection will benefit from yard waste pick up every two weeks until the end of November.
New 2016 data from WorkSafeBC indicates young construction workers are less likely to wear hearing protection at work compared to other age groups in the same industry.
Plus, young workers in construction are less likely to wear hearing protection as compared to young workers in other industries, such as manufacturing and primary resources.
Among construction workers age 21 or younger, 24 percent reported not wearing hearing protection as compared to 13 percent of workers over the age of 50 and 11 percent of workers in all other age groups.
Since 2006 there have been more than 37,000 accepted claims for noise-induced hearing-loss in B.C.
New annual international visitor arrival statistics show that in 2016, BC saw a total of 5,532,065 million visitors – an increase of 12.3% accounting for 605,198 more visitors compared to 2015.
Tourism generated $15.7 billion in tourism revenues for 2015, a 5.3% increase over 2014, proving the sector is a major economic driver for the province.
Mexican visitors increased over 33%, Australia visitors were up 21% and Chinese visitors increased over 18%.
OMREB on PTT
The BC government’s announcement this week that it would increase the Property Transfer Tax exemption threshold for first-time buyers was welcomed by the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board (OMREB).
The increase ups the threshold from $475,000 to $500,000 and takes effect immediately.
Upgrades Ethel and Saucier
Construction of Phase 3 of the Ethel Street Active Transportation Corridor and utility upgrades on Saucier Avenue will kick off this spring.
You can see the plans this coming Wednesday from 4 – 6:30 p.m. at A.S. Matheson Elementary School, in the gym.
A major part of the project is the extension of the cycle track which starts over at Cawston Avenue and will serve as an important connection in the city’s bike network.”
Additional improvements to Ethel Street will include new sidewalks, landscaping, street lighting and utility upgrades.
Construction is planned to begin in April with completion anticipated for October.
During this time, crews will also be replacing an aging water and sewer main on Saucier Avenue.